2011 – Read

  1. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (Completed 14 March 2011)
  2. The First Rule by Robert Crais
  3. One Day by David Nicholls
  4. 9th Judgement by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro
  5. Paths of Glory by Jeffery Archer

You know what this used to happen in school I had to read a book every fortnight and write a report on it – it totally put me off reading I took years to recover from that fiasco.  I haven’t read much at all in the last few weeks I am so ashamed.  I have also realised that I don’t remember much about the Audrey Hepburn book so it looks like I will have to start again 😦

I would really like to add to the read list soon.

14 March 2011

Finally completed The New York Trilogy originally picked purely on the promise it was set in New York – a desolate piece describing isolation, and the most disarming/alarming of circumstances that the characters place themselves in and the insanity that this isolation can unleash.  I will not say I enjoyed it but I was engaged by these tales, they will probably be with me for some time.

18 March 2001

Charging through Robert Crais’ Novel – can’t wait to tell you about it x

21 March 2011

Finished this – The First Rule by Robert Crais – oh I love the ease and speed that I was able to read this.  This novel centred around the mysterious Joe Pyke rather that Elvis Cole who normally leads the story (although he played a vital part in the plot).  The story captivated me whilst being brutal and clinical as you would expect in this series of novels, avenging the death of a former colleague who totally changed his life and had a family all were killed – rare for these guys, however, the story provided a rare glimpse into the man Pyke rather than the mysterious enigma – whilst keep the essence of the mystery bubbling at the edge.  The plot kept you guessing for a while so you are never sure what is really going on.  Okay I loved it – Robert Crais is an author I stumbled upon quite by accident one day I bought a signed copy of one of his books years ago all wrapped up in cellophane and one day a couple of years later out of desperation and no unread books left in the house I opened it up, I have never regretted it and love to read his novels whenever I can.

02 April 2011

Today I found a book list worthy of my challenge taken from The Big Read done by the BBC back in 2004 which can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml . I have already ready many of them but it occurred to me that I should use the list as a guide as there are many books on it that I have not yet got around to reading.  So I have rather cheekly copied and pasted this list below, if it is struck through I have decided not to read it as it’s not my bag but you may want to (which is why it’s not been deleted), titles in Italics I have already read.  I’m not sure if this will help me crack on with it but we’ll see – still can’t motivate myself to read Vanity Fair – Grrr!

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

6th June 2011

So I’m off target again I keep misplacing Vanity Fair and then finding whilst I’m mid way through my next book.  I am currently reading One Day & 9th Judgement simultaneously – not a normal thing for me to do but for some reason and largely due to the epic difference between writing styles of the authors I am able to keep the pieces completely divorced and find that I am enjoying both of them – amazing!

5th September 2011

Oo oo! I forgot to let you know I read Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer whilst I was on holiday, it is loosely based on the first attempt to conquer Everest – fascinating read! One for the boys!

I loved One Day by David Nicholls I couldn’t put it down – shame they have made a film about it, I’m sure its good but my advice read the book before you see the film! – One for the girls

I also had a read of 9th Judgement by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro – it was good but I’ve read 2 books since then so I’m a little sketchy on this one but I remember enjoying it and as you would expect with a James Patterson book I found it hard to put it down.

Not sure I’ll make my 50 books target for the year better get cracking 😉


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